Oregon Humane Society

Adult Volunteers

OHS dog-walking volunteer  
Enjoying the OHS dog-walking path  

OHS was founded by 14 volunteers in 1868, and today relies on more than 1,000 volunteers to keep the shelter operating. Volunteers are vital to the success of our mission to help the animals.









Resources for Current and Active Adult Volunteers


Log in to the Volunteer Information Center to schedule your hours online, view or print a report of your hours, post your commute or OHSTAR hours, and update your profile. Log in to the Volunteers-Only Website to view current and past OHS Noseweek newsletters, view current OHS Training Classes for volunteers, and see training resources and detailed descriptions of all volunteer opportunities.

Prospective Volunteers

OHS volunteer with cat  
Quality time in the Cattery  

If you are a prospective volunteer, you can learn more about our volunteer program and types of available volunteer opportunities here.


Adult Volunteer Requirements


How to Volunteer



Volunteer Requirements

OHS volunteer with rabbit  
OHS rabbits and other small pets need care, too  

Interested in volunteering at the shelter or at OHS-sponsored events? We welcome you to apply to our Adult Volunteer program if you are:


  • At least 18 years old (If you are 12-17 years old, see the Youth Volunteer Program).

  • Able to provide at least 12 hours of service per month.

  • Able to squat, bend, twist, lift, or stand for long periods when working directly with the animals.

  • Possess strong customer service skills and are able to read, write and communicate clearly, since all volunteer positions work directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers.

  • Have regular access to the Internet and an email account.

Important notes:


  • We do require a standard national criminal background check for all adult applicants. This is NOT a credit check and no one will be looking at credit information.

  • If you have a prior felony conviction you may be declined depending on the crime.

  • Special Note for Students: due to an overwhelming number of requests, we can no longer accommodate students who are required to fulfill short-term community service hours. OHS will not grant community service hours to any volunteer unless they can make a 6-month commitment of 12 hours per month.

  • We also do not accept any general short-term volunteers (even during the summer) due to extensive training requirements.

  • Please note: participation in the Adult Volunteer Program requires purchasing volunteer supplies. Materials costs are: $27 for cat-handling volunteers, shelter resource volunteers, and administrative volunteers; $46 for dog-handling volunteers; and $30 for small animal-handling volunteers. We value your service and appreciate your help with these costs. However, if you are financially unable to cover the cost, please let us know and we can find a way to help.

How To Volunteer

To become a volunteer, you must first fill out the volunteer application online. If you do not have Internet access at your home, then you can go to any library to use the Internet or you can come to OHS and use our front lobby computer to complete the online application. We will not be able to send any applications by regular mail.


Apply Here  
For adults 18 years or older  

After receiving your application, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule your volunteer orientation (they are generally held the last Sunday of each month, except there is no orientation in December).


Once you have been signed up for an orientation, you will receive an email asking you to complete a background check. All persons volunteering are required to complete this background check in order to volunteer. If you have any questions, please email Kim Hudson, Volunteer Coordinator.